Saturday, 6 February 2016

Looking for a new mattress?

Why choose organic?

The average person spends 8 hours a day in bed. That’s 240 hours a month and 2920 hours a year! We spend a third of our time in our beds but sometimes forget how important our mattresses are.

Most mainstream mattresses use non-natural materials such as polyester fibre, polyurethane foam and visco-elastic foam (also known as memory foam). This means they have to use fire retardants in order to pass UK legal standards. Many of the chemicals that go into these treatments, such as PBDEs have been banned in other countries because of the detrimental effects they have on our health.  A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley also revealed that both in utero and childhood PBDE exposures were associated with neurodevelopmental delays, including decreased attention, fine motor coordination, and cognition in school-age children. (Environmental Health Perspectives November 15, 2012)  The manufacturing of these chemicals also has a huge impact on the environment as they are regularly being released into the atmosphere and our eco-system.

Organic mattresses do not need to use these fire retardant chemical treatments. Because of the materials used (natural latex, organic wool, hessian, horse hair, organic cotton, & pocketed springs) they are naturally fire retardant therefore no chemicals are needed. At every stage of the process there is organic certification from the Soil Association, from washing the wool to the hand sewn tufts.

What's so good about wool?

The wool content in the mattresses works to get your body to a comfortable sleeping temperature quicker, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer because of its natural moisture-wicking properties. The average sleeper gives off nearly a pint of water vapour in an 8-hour sleep period, and wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight without feeling damp or clammy so it’s resistant to mould and mildew too. Even better, it discourages dust mites, who need moisture to survive and prefer down, feather or synthetic materials.

Latex versus pocket sprung mattresses

We recommend everyone to try the mattress before they buy.
Here are some top tips to making sure you get the mattress best suited to you:
  • Try and lie on the mattress for at least 10 minutes in order to get the best feel for it that you can.
  • Place your hand under the small of your back. If it goes under very easily, it’s likely the mattress is too soft. If you can’t get it under then it’s too firm.
  • Try all the different tensions, ‘firm’ mattresses are not the same ‘firmness’ for every maker.
  • Try different types of pillows (we have wool, kapok, latex, millet and spelt here in our shop).

See our range of organic mattresses online here

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